While all eyes are on the typhoid-stricken
area of Delmas, the IFP warns there are real risks of a similar
breakout in KwaZulu-Natal.
"The authorities agree that the cause
of the current typhoid epidemic in Delmas was sewage getting
into the drinking water," said Inkosi Bonga Mdletshe MPP,
IFP spokesperson on local government in KwaZulu-Natal.
"This points to the responsibilities, and failings, of
The IFP, having consulted its constituents
across KwaZulu-Natal, is aware of cases of systematic, albeit
unintentional, pollution of sewer systems in a number of local
One example recently brought to the
party's attention is that the residents of the vast area served
by Midmar Dam in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands are generally unaware
that during every peak rainy season the uMngeni Municipality
discharges, apparently unintentionally, large quantities of raw
sewage from the Mpophomeni river into Midmar Dam, the source of
their drinking water.
This, it is believed, is caused by water
ingress into the technically inferior joints in the pipeline
conveying raw sewage from Mpophomeni to the uMngeni Municipal
"The relevant municipality must be
held responsible for its actions. We would like to see them
accept this responsibility before a possible epidemic breaks out
in the area under their jurisdiction. The focus in such cases
must be on prevention and solving of technical problems,"
said Inkosi Mdletshe.
The IFP invites its constituents to share
their concerns about pollution of sewer systems in their
Contact: Inkosi Bonga Mdletshe, 082 809